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Eugène Boudin - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Eugène Boudin (1824 - 1898)

Eugene Boudin began working at a framing business in Le Havre where he was encouraged by painters such as Millet to begin an artistic career. He visited and studied in Paris several times but spent most of his life on the Normandy coast painting beach scenes and seascapes. Boudin took part in the first Impressionist exhibit in 1874. He was one of the first French landscape painters to paint outdoors. Boudin was a marine painter, and expert in the rendering of all that goes upon the sea and along its shores. In 1856/57 Boudin met the young Claude Monet who spent several months working with Boudin in his studio. The two remained lifelong friends and Monet later paid tribute to Boudin’s early influence. Boudin joined Monet and his young friends in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, but never considered himself a radical or innovator.

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